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Monday, November 12, 2012

'Loot from the shipwreck' Exhibition @ Art Row Publika || 1 Aug -19 Sep 2012 ||

[All photos are Canvas of Nature's own]

Malaysian International Dive Expo @ Putra World Trade Centre, KL || 6 - 8 July 2012 ||

[All photos are Canvas of Nature's own]

30cm diameter

Abstrak Ikan Ikan
60cm x 90cm

Si Merah
60cm x 90cm

featured in The Star..

juxtaART in The Star || 6 July 2012 ||

Friday July 6, 2012
Marine art exhibition takes place at PWTC

FOR the first time in South-East Asia, renowned and emerging artists are collaborating with the Malaysian Dive Expo 2012 to showcase the largest marine art event titled “Graffiti, Pop and Contemporary Marine Art Show”.

The expo at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, from today to Sunday is by “Canvas of Nature”, a community established with the purpose of inspiring people to connect with the environment through art.

Painting by Ajim

At this first event, modern art meets scuba diving/ocean life. This fresh new take encourages art and marine lovers to support the artists as they showcase some of the most amazing art pieces of the underwater world.

Art and marine life lovers are in for a real treat as the splendour of marine life will be seen through graffiti, pop and contemporary artists.

The participating artists are Donald Abraham, Kenji, Raja Azeem Idzham, Anuar Abdullah, Escape and others who have made a mark in the Malaysian arts scene.

“This is a great platform for us as artists of all genres to showcase our talents as we take the public on an imaginative ride through the ocean world,” said Abraham.

Beauty of nature: A painting by Donald Abraham

Some of the activities at the expo include artists re-creating their impression of sea life, exhibition and sale of original artworks from participating artists, coaching session for students in T-shirt designing by Anuar Abdullah who is a professional diver, marine conservationist and artist and graffiti-themed artwork for diving gear by professional graffiti artists.

“Malaysians are blessed to be surrounded by waters that are rich with marine life. This art show will help create awareness on such beauty,” said Bumblebee Consultancy Project Manager Julie Wong.

For details, visit or call 012-387 3628 (Wong), 012-217 0135 (Sharon Choo) or 012-691 7281 (Christine Ng).

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juxtaART in The Star

Portrait of young artists


BE gentle when you step into Core Design Gallery. You do not want to interrupt the “man” who is “watching” the television in the living room.

As you tiptoe past him, look up and you will see another “man” attempting to climb up to the first floor. Curiously, there he has no feet.

The spooky setting is further enhanced with fake spider webs draped around the pillars and walls near the kitchen.

Happy couple: Nizam going with his sculpture Guardian Angel.

These are the props used by curator Scarlette Lee in the gallery’s latest exhibition titled Ahmad Scissorhand, a localised adaptation of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorshand.

“Burton’s films are gothic but fun. He uses a lot of imagination to bring his characters to life.

“I wanted to see it in the Malaysian context by having young Malaysian artists exploring the theme,” Lee explained.

Sixteen artists, in their 20s and 30s, were roped in to produce the peculiar yet creative art pieces, including paintings, sculptures, installations, sketches and electronic arts.

Bound by taboos: Syafiq Hariz with his painting, “The Fool.”

Raja Lope Rasydi Raja Rozlan, 39, examined human’s greatest fears in life through his panting Behind My Wall I.

Various creatures peeped through an opening in the white brick wall, signifying the phobias hidden within a person.

He combined the fear of spiders and clowns into a clown-faced spider dangling from a corner, and the fears of height and flying into a half-human, half-hummingbird creature sitting lonely on a brick.

The fear of snakes and worms were depicted through a winged creature which body is made up of wriggling worms.

An alien-looking sprite with a fish skeleton swimming in an inverted bowl on top of its head represented the fears of confined spaces and being trapped underwater.

“I wish to present the ‘fight-or-flight’ theory in this painting. Do we fight — identify and deal with the fears, or flee — ignore them and hide them deep inside us?” Raja Lope Rasydi said.

A collaboration between Hilal Mazlan and Syafiq Ali’am resulted in an artpiece featuring a mechanical hand reaching out and appearing to be controlling the human mind, which was represented by a skull.

LED, pendaflour lamp, bolts and nuts and acrylic sheet were among the materials used.

“Although technology helps us improve our lives, we rely too much on it.

“Handphone is one good example. We don’t memorise phone numbers anymore, so when we lose our phones, we are stuck in a limbo,” Syafiq explained.

The duo sourced their inspirations from Swiss surrealist H. R. Giger, who is well-known for his representation of human bodies and machines in an interconnected relationship dubbed “biomechanical”.

“The message that we want to convey through this artwork is, don’t let the technology control you,” Syafiq, 28, said.

Meanwhile, Raja Azeem Idzham raised eyebrows with the media used to produce his sketches, Lakar Raksasa & Arkologi I (Monster and Arcology Sketches I).

The description next to the painting reads, “Ink, blood and coffee on paper”.

“My gums were bleeding when I was sketching these, so I just dabbed some blood onto the papers.

“I’m a coffee lover and the idea of using coffee in my artwork just came to me randomly,” Azeem, 29, said.

A sketch of a human in a pensive pose was surrounded by eight other A5-sized sketches of monsters.

“The human represents our souls while the monsters are manifestations of our own behaviour,” he explained.

Arcology, according to Raja Azeem, refers to the design of self-contained hypothetical megastructure for humans to live in the future.

“Raksasa is what we are and arkologi is what we need,” he elaborated on the theme of his sketches.

Do take note of the words written on the sketches, for they reflected Raja Azeem’s thoughts.

Syafiq Hariz Mohamad Sakor’s whimsical painting stood out from the rest of the dark, gloomy creations.

It showed a plump man engaging in a tightrope walking act. Tied to his waist were an iPad and a teddy bear.

Flashing his dental braces, the man had a stalk of hibiscus clenched in his teeth. A thin arm wrapped around his neck to hold a masquerade mask for him.

“I name this painting ‘The Fool’ to explain this satirical character, who would be all over the news should he walk on the street like this.

“However, he is a reflection of ourselves - the people who are bound by taboos and limited by boundaries in this multicultural society,” Syafiq Hariz, 26, said.

Meanwhile, Nizam Abdullah’s sculpture, Guardian Angel, showed a happy couple flanked by their guardian angels.

“I believe each artwork contains hints of what’s happening in the artist’s life during the time of creation.

“In my case, I did this when I was preparing my wedding in April, and I felt I have ‘angels’ helping me through,” the 31-year-old said.

The exhibition ends June 17.

Core Design Gallery is located at 87, Jalan SS15/2A, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor. Opening hours are 10am to 7pm daily. For details, call 03-5612 1168.

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juxtaART in The Malay Mail || 22 June 2012 ||

Art can be good business
Three local artists share the joys of fetching good prices for their works
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012 - 17:31

ALL art, no matter how good, is “worthless rubbish” until someone pays for it.

Donald Abraham who painted 'Tut tut tut'
Such was the case with some of the most celebrated artists of yesteryear, notably Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). While his paintings are worth multi-millions today, he died a penniless man at age 37.

Van Gogh’s artworks were never “rubbish” but his invigorating and spontaneous style of painting was ahead of it’s time during which artistic realism dominated the scene.

Recently, two paintings by the late National Art Laureate Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal (1929-2011), titled Ronggeng and Pemudi dalam Hujan, have been revalued at RM1.1 million each at the Nuansa Nusantara exhibition curated by RA — The Fine Arts Gallery at Solaris Dutamas in Kuala Lumpur.

Syed Ahmad has long been a national arts icon and his artworks have been exhibited in local and international art galleries.

Although most struggling artists hold part-time jobs to sustain their chosen profession, they face the eternal dilemma of putting a monetary value on their works.

AFFORDABLY PRICED: Faud Shahminan and two of his paintings from the ‘Tanya Sama Pokok’ series

“For an artist, each artwork becomes like a child. That’s how attached you become to your artwork. How do you put a price tag on your child?” wondered 29-year-old artist Raja Azeem Idzham who’s happy that one of his untitled paintings (as pictured here) was sold last month at Galeri Rumah Terang in Publika Shopping Gallery at Jalan Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

“Artists need to upkeep themselves in order to carry on but setting a price on each painting can be a difficult process. In determining a price, I consider the creative process and amount of time I put into an artwork, along with its size and materials used.”

Perak-born Raja Azeem, who supports himself as a part-time concept artist at an animation company, admits that at times he feels that some of his artworks are worth more than the prices set in order to attract art collectors and investors.

“Most artists take time to build up their reputation and in doing so enhances the value of their earlier artworks which were priced relatively cheaper and those works can fetch ever-higher prices when resold again and again.”

But this is something which all artists have to come to terms with.

Sabah-born artist Donald Abraham, 33, said: “Whatever the price tag for a painting that is sold, what the artist gets is after a commission is deducted by the art gallery involved. Naturally, the commission can be steeper for artists yet to establish a reputation.”

Donald said his first artwork was sold for a humbling RM100 in 2007 at the Yusof Gajah Art Gallery at the KL Central Market Annexe.

Since then, he has built up an impressive portfolio, including having his works featured on the covers of magazines and being commissioned to paint wall murals for several companies (ladies can check out the mural he did for the ladies bathroom at the Publika Shopping Gallery).

SOLD LAST MONTH: Raja Azeem Idzham’s (left) untitled piece (left, above) which was sold, and his ‘Arkologi-Konflik’ (above)
The highest price he has fetched for his painting — a mixed media piece he titled Tut tut tut was sold in 2010 at Petronas Gallery in Suria KLCC.

“My first thought was, how on earth should I use this money? It’s a great feeling to know that somebody highly values your creation so much and is willing to pay a fairly high amount,” said Donald.

KL-born full-time artist Fuad Shahminan, 23, sold his first painting in January this year.

“That first sale gave me the confidence and determination to produce more artworks and out of every two I come up with, one would be sold,” said Fuad.

“I make my artworks affordably priced as I would love to have many people own a piece of my works. I am not aiming on buying a sports car. All I really need is food and the people I love around me to keep on going.” Ultimately, money matters.

To quote American pop-art guru Andy Warhol (1928-1987), renowned as the pioneer for commercialising art: “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

Still, it’s the passion and relentless dedication of these young men that fuels their artistic journey.

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HONDA's mural in the media..

Honda Malaysia mag June 2012 edition

Honda Malaysia mag July 2012 edition

We are naturally driven too!

Our trip to see the mural since it's officially finished 7 July 2012..
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already vandalised!


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